Congratulations to Jade for being a Young Songwriter 2018 Finalist with her song ‘Only Me’. Here’s a bit about Jade and her songwriting.
What inspired you to write your SAYS18 finalist song ‘Only Me’? I recently left college and have had to take the backseat whilst all of my friends go off to uni and take the traditional step up in life. This song is about cherishing my own path and not being so hard on myself for wanting to follow my dream.
How long have you been writing songs? I started writing songs around 2014-2015, just after I started learning to play guitar!
How did you get into songwriting? I started learning how to play guitar as I wanted to explore songwriting and accompanying myself. I always saw it as something quite unreachable, but joined a club in year 10 to try and bounce off of other people’s ideas.
What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve? Songwriting is genuinely quite a cathartic release for me, as It allows me to create something that has a special meaning to me, but can also relate to other people and strike a chord with them.
What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process? I know it sounds silly but when it’s finished! I love the process, but it can be quite difficult at times. However, I find it extremely satisfying when the song just writes itself, as I find myself either writing songs very quickly or extremely slowly. Also, when I finish, I can evaluate the whole product & I always send a voice note to my best friend; which is always great!!
What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you? I can see a distinguised difference in how my songwriting process has evolved over the years. Something I still struggle with is not presenting myself bare in a song, as I once saw a quote with ‘give them 2 and 2, not 4’. This stuck with me as I am constantly trying to hide meanings in my songs, providing light and shade.
Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords? I always start with chords! I find a progression that I like & start humming incoherent sounds over the top, until it forms something coherent! I usually write down little clips of thoughts throughout my day, but I usually just start and see what comes from it!
What do you like about Song Academy and our Young Songwriter competition? I love that it gives young songwriters a platform to express themselves and be taken seriously!
Who are your three favourite artists/songs? Oooooh! I would definitely have to say that Ed Sheeran remains my favourite artist of all time, as I can credit him to who got me into my songwriting & performing. I also love Tori Kelly as she has such a distinguished sound and playing style… and her vocals are i n s a n e! I am also loving Anne Marie currently, as I really love her style and she never ceases to amaze me with the emotion she puts into her performance.
15 years from now you will be… Making a living from music! I want my music to be heard, to have a solid fan base and hopefully to make people happy with my own material. Ofcourse I would love to tour, and have no.1 albums, but that would be a mega bonus. I just want to be able to sustain my dream and keep on climbing!
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs? Busk busk busk!!! I found that creatively, University and part time jobs were not the path for me, so I gave busking ago. 6 months down the line, I’m busking 3-4 times a week and am still absolutely LOVING IT!
Our SAYS18 winners will be announced on the 14th May at 6pm (GMT) on our Twitter channel.
Come & watch the top young songwriters from across the UK and Ireland perform @WestfieldLondon, Shepherd’s Bush in the Young Songwriter 2018 live showcase on Sunday 10th June, 2-5pm. Around 40 performers including winners, finalists & highly commended entrants, aged 8-18 will perform! #savethedate #newgeneration #talent #youngsongwriters #songwriting #newmusic #freeevent #SAYS18
Full line-up to be announced shortly.